Santangelo Scores First Career Training Win
FLORENCE, Ky (Jan. 31, 2016) – Brett Santangelo, 22, scored his first career training victory Sunday when Charnocks drew in off the also-eligible list and won the third race at Turfway Park.
Santangelo has been in the money with all four of his starters this year, including a second and a third from Charnocks in his previous two races. Since taking out his license in July of last year, the trainer has compiled a 1-4-2 record with 15 starters.
A native of Hershey, Pennsylvania, Santangelo began his career in racing by working for a track veterinarian at Penn National while still in high school. He moved to Kentucky to attend the University of Kentucky and is currently working toward a degree in Equine Science.
“I’m a part-time student and a full-time trainer,” he said. “Working for the vet really got me hooked on the racetrack.”
Before opening his own stable, Santangelo worked the summers of 2014 and 2015 with trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in California. He currently has seven horses in training, some that he owns and others for owners in New York, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Among his owners is his dad. Unlike many racing family stories, the father followed the son into the sport.
Santangelo claimed Charnocks for $5,000 out of a Sept. 4 race at Ellis Park and both owns and trains the 4-year-old gelding. The win on Sunday was the second for Charnocks in 14 starts. With Sophie Doyle in the irons, he went off the 9-5 favorite in the 6-1/2 furlong race for older horses, taking the lead before the half and lasting to win by half a length.